Trash & Recycling

Guide to Trash and Recycling at Home

Public Notice

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Recycling bins containing unacceptable materials (including plastic bags) will NOT be collected.

Download this English & Spanish language flyer to help spread the word about recycling in your neighborhood. - Program Flyer

Top Services

  • To request services or report problems, call 311 or submit your request online through Worcester 311.

Programs & Initiatives

Composting Bin Outside of a Home
Composting Program
Worcester has the largest municipal composting program in Massachusetts from its leaf and yard waste collection. Compost is available to city residents free of charge. Compost bins for home use are also available to residents. The "Earth Machine" composter costs $45.00.
Keep Worcester Clean - Litter Found on Park Bench at Elm Park
Keep Worcester Clean Program
Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) is a coordinated city-wide effort by multiple partners who work year-round cleaning litter and other debris such as graffiti, abandoned vehicles, and more, from the streets and sidewalks. Learn more about how you can help!
Residential Drop-Off Center Main Entrance from Street in Autumn
Residential Drop-Off Center
The drop-off center allows residents to dispose of bulk waste items in a timely manner and at a low cost. There is also a yard waste drop-off area, a permanent household hazardous waste collection center and a compost/winter sand pickup area.
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Worcester Green Corps
The Worcester Green Corps mission is to clean and beautify the City of Worcester on a year-round basis, while prioritizing environmental responsibility alongside economic growth. Learn About Us

Contact Information

Department of Public Works
20 East Worcester Street
Worcester, MA 01604

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Phone: 508-929-1300
Fax: 508-799-1448
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